The Writing Style Of Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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The unique writing style of Edgar Allan Poe was influenced by a combination of tragic life experiences, such as the death of many loved ones, and his abuse of alcohol throughout his career. Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, is most famous for his tales of mystery and horror. His best-known fictions are of a gothic theme, which he used to captivate the public. The gothic literary style is characterized by a dark, gloomy atmosphere, a preoccupation with death and fear, and usually consists of supernatural components. Poe 's writing reflects his literary theories, which he presented in his criticism. He believed that meaning in literature should be an undercurrent just beneath the surface. Works with obvious meanings, he wrote, cease to be art. He also believed that work of quality should be brief and focus on a specific single effect. To that end, he believed that the writer should carefully calculate every sentiment and idea. Poe’s exceptional style of writing, appeals to emotion and drama, which tend to have the same recurring theme of either death, lost love, or in many instances, both. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, in the year of 1809. While the unfortunate death of his mother, took place as early as December 8th, 1811, due to the dreaded disease of the time, tuberculosis. Being as young as three years of age, the death of his mother had not affected him at the time it occurred. Although at the age of six, Poe began showing…

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